On Sunday, the Wisconsin Badgers found out their postseason destination, a bowl game against a familiar New Year’s Six opponent.
Wisconsin will face the Miami Hurricanes in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl inside Yankee Stadium in New York City on Thursday, December 27th at 4:15 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPN.
“We very excited to be selected for the Pinstripe Bowl,” Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a press release. “The Yankees are a first-class organization that exemplifies tradition and success and it is truly an honor to be associated with them.”
Last year, the two programs battled at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., during the Capital One Orange Bowl. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook lit up the Hurricanes’ defense for 258 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions—while Danny Davis caught three of those four scores through the air—in a 34-24 win.
This year, both teams started the season in the top 10, but fell out of the rankings with 7-5 records. The composition of the rosters have changed, but it is an opportunity for Paul Chryst’s squad to top the ACC program for a second year in a row.
Miami lost its season-opener to LSU but reeled off five straight wins before dropping four straight. They finished the season on a two-game winning streak to hold at .500 for the year in ACC play (4-4).
Wisconsin will look to rebound and get the sour taste out of its mouth after a 37-15 loss to Minnesota back on Nov. 24, one where outside expectations did not match the play on the field.
According to a press release by UW, Wisconsin has an alumni base of 4,000 in New York City. That is the largest population outside of the Midwest and fifth-largest overall.
“We have a very large contingent of dedicated fans and alumni in the New York area and look forward to being able to connect with them,” Alvarez said. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our players to spend the holiday season in New York City. I am sure it will be an experience they never forget.”
As Wisconsin noted, this will be the 17th straight season the program will play in a bowl game—the longest such feat by a Big Ten school and tied for fourth-longest in the nation.